Room for one more mouthful
June 19 2013

Ashanti, AS5 and KE4

KE4 (left), Ashanti and AS5

On the 17th of June the research team discovered Milo, Nala, Narnia and AT1 resting in the Etosha area, soaking up the remaining rays of afternoon sun. AT1, always vigilant to any passing zebra, followed a herd into the Camp area, unaware that a meal had already been served up by the rest of the pride who had been munching on a carcass throughout the day.  

Over in the Tree Tops area, near waterhole three, Kwali, Phyre, Ashanti, AS4 and AS5 were fat bellied and fast asleep. Kenge and KE3 were picking at the kill when KE4 came strolling through a thicket looking for mum.  She and Kenge exchanged warm greetings before both turned their attention to the zebra remains.

As the K family settled to indulge in some sunbathing, the A family woke to take their turn at the carcass.  But, in addition to the sound of crunching bone, a rustling could be heard in the scrub nearby. Soon, the tell-tale stripes of zebra could be seen through the dense foliage; their grazing bringing them closer and closer to the lions.  Ears pricked up and KE3 and AS4 began their stalk, camouflaging themselves in the long grass.

AS4 stalks through the grass 

AS4 begins her stalk

The gusting winds suddenly changed direction and, alerted to the lions' presence, the zebra herd galloped away in the opposite direction. The zebra were soon lost to sight and the cubs began chasing each other back to the pride. The pounding of hooves had woken Kwali who lumbered over to join her sister, Kenge.  This move was apparently exhausting as she flopped down and almost immediately fell asleep once again.  Ashanti and AS4 decided there was room for just one more mouthful of zebra as the sun slowly set behind them. 

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